Since the implication of Congress’s net neutrality bill in 2015 by the Obama administration, the debate on whether the internet should remain a free and open resource to all, while providing equal opportunity to any Internet service provider, has been an incredibly controversial topic. Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and former Verizon Wireless Communications Attorney appointed under the Trump administration, introduced the details of the ban-on-net-neutrality bill to the public and, consequently, received a monumental amount of hate. Pai along with 2 other republicans and 2 democrats are set to vote on the ban on December 14 and given Pai’s own stance on net neutrality it is almost unlikely it will fail to pass. That is not to say, of course, that millions of Americans on major social media sites such as Twitter and Reddit have not flooded the F.C.C’s and Ajit Pai’s own pages in efforts to stop this plan’s full green light. The F.C.C’s new plan will undoubtedly cause the mass slowing of internet speeds and services to websites and companies unwilling to pay the major ISP for access to certain areas of the free internet. This price will be reflected on to consumers and compacted into small monthly purchase fees such as a social media bundle or a messaging bundle. Families with lower incomes will now have to pick and choose which parts of the internet they find necessary and are forced out of viewing or communicating with the rest of the paying customers.
I believe, if it was not already inferred, that this new ban on net neutrality will not only open the internet to Service Providers like Comcast and AT&T to force-fee consumers into collective internet brackets, but also restrict the viewing of websites and media outlets that report on conflicting interests and, overall, limit the freedom that comes with access to the internet. The internet is not simply a luxury for the wealthy to privately indulge on, it was creating for the people to use as an educational and informative resource to proceed into the modern age. Not including the countless numbers of jobs that rely exclusively on the equality of internet usage. What is your opinion on the level of access to the internet? Is it something that should be governmentally regulated as it is currently or is an open market where ISP’s can run unencumbered a progressive and beneficial concept? Is it fair for political representatives such as Pai to be trashed by social medias? And how much say should the public of the United States have when it comes to their internet access? Article Link